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CLC Staff Head To The National Land Conservation Conference

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Between September 18-20, 2014 many of CLC’s staff will be attending workshops and presentations at the National Land Conservation Conference (also called the Rally) organized by the Land Trust Alliance in Providence, RI.
This conference will be an opportunity for our staff to learn new skills, share insights and ideas, and get to know other professionals from around the country who are also working toward our shared goal of land protection. CLC’s Tony Colyer-Pendas, Director of Conservation Programs, will be among the dozens of presenters from around the country.

 

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Ancram Natural Resources Plan Workshop plus Wine & Beer Social

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September 20, 2014; 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Ancram Town Hall, 1416 County Route 7, Ancram, NY  12502

Learn about the natural resources of Columbia County’s southwest corner at a participatory workshop and wine and beer social organized by the Ancram Conservation Advisory Council.  Gretchen Stevens, Director of Hudsonia Ltd.’s Biodiversity Resource Center, and Kim Tripp, DO, PhD, former Director of The New York Botanical Garden, will present Ancram’s Natural Resource Conservation Plan.
For more information, contact Jamie Purinton, Chair: 518-329-2337

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What Will the Future Hold?

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by Peter Paden Published September 5, 2014 in the Register-Star

What Will the Future Hold?

Have you ever asked yourself what Columbia County is going to look like 50 years from now?

  • How will people who live here make a living?  Will most of them be employed by businesses based in the county, or somewhere else, like the greater Capitol District, New York City or Boston?  How many will telecommute, or generate their own incomes taking advantage of the internet?  Perhaps many people will commute every day to New York City by high speed rail.  Maybe we’ll have a lot more farmers, producing food closer the populations that crave fresh, affordable food.
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Farm businesses in New York State may benefit from a 2014 tax provision

Farm businesses in New York State may benefit from a 2014 tax provision. While the application and benefit of this new tax credit will depend upon the individual farm business and other tax credits utilized, it will provide significant relief for some farms. To view the NYS Manufacturers Tax Credit Fact Sheet for 2014, please click here.

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Two Greenagers Crews Complete A Successful Season

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Our two Greenagers crews wrapped up a very successful 2014 season at CLC’s Round Ball Mountain and Greenport Conservation Areas. Their hard work laid the groundwork for miles of new trails, and also improved many existing ones. They built bridges, felled trees, moved rocks, made crush, installed log steps, and built water bars, switch backs, and ramps.
These students will return to their Taconic Hills and Hudson high schools this fall with a newly gained set of skills, a strong sense of confidence, and deserved pride in their accomplishments. CLC looks forward to fostering a conservation ethic among a new round of high school students next year with our partner, the Greenagers. (In photo are the two crews and their crew leaders.)

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Changes to the National Flood Insurance Program

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October 1st, 2014; 10:00 – 12:00 pm
Haverstraw Town Hall, One Rosman Road, Garnerville, New York 10923

Presented by Bill Nechamen, NYS DEC Floodplain Management Section. Learn about how recent changes to the FEMA National Flood Insurance Program may affect your residents of your municipality. This presentation will provide information on the Community Rating System, which helps to reduce flood insurance premiums in participating communities.
For more information, click here.

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Read Our Annual Report & the 2014-2016 Strategic Direction Report

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You can view, read, and download CLC’s 2013 Annual Report: it includes an overview of our achievements for the last year, the most recent Protected Lands Map for the county, our financial report, as well as a list of every person who made a contribution to CLC in 2013. Thank you for your support!

Looking ahead to the next three years, CLC has also crafted its latest Strategic Plan, the result of an extensive review of our mission and goals, incorporating feedback from our partners, as well as farmers, planners, and many other stakeholders in the County. The 2014 – 2016 Strategic Direction Report sums up the Strategic Plan. The plan is designed to help us establish priorities for our land conservation efforts; and identify the key planning issues in our community. It sets out specific strategies to ensure that CLC’s resources are focused for maximum impact and to bolster our financial resources. You can view, read, and download this Strategic Direction Report as well.
We look forward to your continued support!

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A few weeks left to apply for USDA Farm Service Agency loan funds in all categories!

Are you looking to obtain financing to purchase a farm or make improvements to the farm you currently own? Do you need to purchase livestock or a piece of equipment? Do you know someone else who needs financing? The Farm Service Agency makes and guarantees loans to family farmers to start, purchase and expand their farm operations. You can find out more about all of the types of loans we have available (all on one sheet believe it or not!) by clicking here.
Call your local FSA office today to get additional information – we look forward to discussing your financing needs.
You can find contact information for your local FSA office here: http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app;jsessionid=666BEAA679DB5FAB18D9B5FC1619853B?service=action/1/CountyMap/1/NavBar.HomeLink

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